According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Tennessee is home to more than 900 automotive manufacturers and suppliers. Increasingly, engineers and related graduates in those companies need to advance their skills for the future. In 2015 alone, automotive endeavors in our area led to the development of over 4,000 new jobs and approximately $1.1 billion in capital investments. Chattanooga is recognized for the vital role our community plays in the national automotive industry, as well as our community’s commitment to private/public sector partnerships.
The Master of Science in Automotive Systems Graduate degree, developed together with our automotive partners, is effectively meeting the changing demands of the industry, not only for our traditional graduates, but also for advanced engineering, design, and manufacturing. Unique features of the degree include: emphasis on advanced manufacturing, a systems approach to design, advanced simulation, great basics, and a strong flavor of advanced program and project management. Choices are made among four groups of courses to allow the student to strengthen specific needs toward the future. Two foundation courses are specifically designed to allow students from diverse engineering and related backgrounds to be successful. A later simulation course plays to the strengths of the PhD program in Computational Science and Engineering.
The MS in Engineering: Automotive Systems further evidences CECS’s dedication to responsiveness in academic innovation and effective initiatives vital to economic growth and workforce development.
The requirements for the M.S. degree in Engineering with an Automotive Systems Engineering concentration are listed below. This in a cross disciplinary degree in the College, with primary responsibility in Mechanical Engineering. Each student’s program will be developed by the student’s committee as an individualized program and will be constructed in accordance with sound academic practices to provide the kind of study most suitable to the student’s needs. The proposed program must be submitted on a Program of Study form to The Graduate School office for approval during the first semester of coursework. It is that program, rather than the example which follows, which will constitute the student’s graduation requirements. Candidacy for the degree is typically filed in the semester prior to the student’s anticipated graduation semester.
The general guidelines for the Automotive Systems Engineering concentration are as follows:
Area I: Mathematics or Engineering Analysis - 3 hrs
Area II: Approved Electives in Mathematics, Science, or Engineering - 6 hrs
Area III: Engineering Concentration (details below) - 18 hrs
Area IV: Thesis or Special Project and/or Internship - 6 or 9 hrs
Area II Details (approved math or science plus any course in Area III)
Area III: Specialty Details (18 hours) 1 course in Groups 1 & 2 below, 2 courses in Groups 3 & 4 below
Group 1 (1 course from this group):
ENGR 5060 - Automotive Engineering
ENGR 5160 - Mechatronics I
Group 2 (1 course from this group):
ENGR 5420 - Finite Element Analysis
ENGR 5440 - Applied Mechanics
Group 3 (2 courses from this group):
ENCM 5100 - Computational Fluid Dynamics I
ENGR 5340 - Viscous Flow Theory
ENEE 5700 - Microcomputer Applications
CPSC 5170 - User Interface Development
CPSC 5720 - Real-Time Embedded Systems
ENGR 5210- Advanced Simulation and Modeling
ENCM 5210 - Introduction to Parallel Algorithms
Group 4 (2 courses from this group):
ENGR 5590 - Systems Engineering and Analysis
ENGM 5520 - Reliability Engineering
ENGM 5560 - Quality Management Systems
ENGM 5570 - Advanced Quality Control
ENGM 5580 - Advanced Engineering Economy
An approved Graduate Business course in finance or strategic management